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Jose Theodore on being a celeb in Montreal

The vicious mob in D.C. consists of teenage girls in Ballston. This is Mike Green.

A few weeks ago, I asked Jose Theodore about being a celebrity in Montreal. I was interested in how his status as an MVP in that city compared to Alex Ovechkin's status as an MVP in this city. Well, it doesn't.

"We talk about it sometimes," Theodore said. "He brings up Montreal, he wants to know how it was in the city, in the years that I won MVP in a hockey city like Montreal. Obviously he always likes going back to Canada to play because he sees the attention. Obviously when you play in a Canadian city, there's so much exposure, you almost become a star over night, or a celebrity overnight. And then when you do have success on the ice, then it just brings it to another level....

"In Montreal, every time you go out for sure, there's not one [person] that doesn't recognize you. I don't know for Alex in D.C., but I still think in D.C. you've got so many sports. [In Montreal], it's just like all the Canadian city, it's really hockey hockey hockey. I think Alex gets actually more harassed -- I don't know if that's the right word -- but more attention when he goes to Canada even now than in D.C. You should ask him, but that's the way Canadian cities are."

Turns out Bruce Boudreau discussed the same issue this week, in talking about the Montreal match-up.

"That's the only game in town," Boudreau said of the Habs, via the AP. "They don't have to split it up and have the Nationals on half the page and the Wizards on some of the pages, the Redskins and us. It's Montreal. It's the Canadiens. It wouldn't surprise me if there's a 10-page spread come Wednesday and Thursday. All the TV stations will lead with the stories about the Canadiens, so there is a lot of pressure.

"Everybody in the city knows who every player is. It's not just like in this city, where you know where Alex and Mike and Nicky are and maybe guys like John Carlson can walk around unknown -- they know every single guy from Mathieu Darche to Brian Gionta."

And, believe it or not, I once asked John Carlson whether he can walk around unknown.

"It's not as bad as when I played in Canada," he said. "People are a little more crazy there. [In Washington] they don't really bug you too much. It's good around here. They respect you, but they always want to say hi, which is fine."

As for Theodore, when he first Montreal and wound up in Denver, he talked about how nice it was to have his privacy back. And he said that Ovechkin can maintain more of that in Washington than he could in Montreal.

"People are really respectful and they don't invade his privacy, which I think it's really a good thing," Theodore said. "Sometimes in Canada it gets to a place that you don't want to go out, because you feel like you have no more privacy. But in D.C., I find that he's still able to go out and do his stuff and have the respect from people, the privacy that he needs, if he wants to be quiet. Sometimes in Canada it's tougher."

As for Theodore's life in Washington? Does he get recognized frequently?

"I mean, me, it's when I say my name," he said. "There's not too many Theodores. So, once in a while, but for me it's night and day from Montreal. It's kind of fun to be able to just do normal stuff with my family and not worry about it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
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From what I've read, one of the reasons that Ovie signed the long term deal here was that Alex and his family liked the fact that he wouldn't get as much attention as he would in a Canadian city or New York or some other cities.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | April 13, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"That's the only game in town," Boudreau said of the Habs, via the AP. "They don't have to split it up and have the Nationals on half the page...

How ironic?!?!?! I wonder if BB meant to slight Montreal by including the Nats first considering DC stole them from the Expos.

Posted by: nats_fan | April 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@nats_fan, I'm not even sure BB knows the Nats came from MTL. I don't mean that to sound like BB is uneducated or doesn't follow other DC sports, but I believe he spends so much time on his club, that not much time is left for following other sports. Also, as a Canadian ( I believe he grew up near Toronto) he probably doesn't have much interest in baseball anyway. It's likely he was a teenager if not older by the time the Blue Jays arrived in TO. And he wasn't living here when the Nats came to town, so it's possible he doesn't know the history.

Most likely, when he picked up today's sports page, there was a story on the Nats/Phillies game from yesterday and that's why he mentioned the Nats first.

Posted by: DCsportsfan25 | April 13, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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